February 14, 2017 - Houston Chronicle -

By Drayton McLane Jr -

With the Super Bowl behind us, how many Texans would have enjoyed football's biggest week even more had it not been for the traffic hassles to get to Houston? Just imagine if travelers had an alternative that's fast, safe, reliable and productive.

For me, I already see that on the horizon: a high-speed train connecting Houston and North Texas, with a midway stop in the Brazos Valley, whisking passengers between the state's top metro areas in 90 minutes and generating economic benefits for all communities along the route.

I'm proud to participate in this important project as an investor and now as a member of Texas Central's board of directors. I know firsthand that what makes this development truly unique is its sophisticated business model - one led by free-market principles, backed by discerning investors like me.

As a native Texan and career entrepreneur, countless business plans, deals and "next big things" have crossed my desk over the years. After scrutinizing Texas Central's plan to finance and deliver this project and meet the pent-up demand for better travel alternatives, I decided to back this project based on the vast potential of this remarkable high-speed train system to serve generations to come.

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